Cornelia Self Torre

November 9, 1925April 11, 2018

COLUMBIA – Services to celebrate the life of Cornelia Self Torre, 92, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Crescent Hill Memorial Park. Mrs. Torre passed away, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Born in Bishopville, SC, she was a daughter of the late William Columbus and Nannie Viola Hall Self. She was a loving and dedicated mother to her two sons and two grandchildren. She lived for, and loved to be surrounded by her family.

She was married to renowned bandleader, Tony Torre, Sr. who passed away in April 1992. She and her husband were also owners of several Columbia restaurants.

Surviving are her sons, Tony W. Torre, Jr. (Mellie) of Columbia, Greg M. Torre of Atlanta, GA, two grandchildren, Robert Anthony Torre and Lacey Michelle Carpenter, two great grandchildren, Logan Anthony Stout, 15 and Allena Brooks Stout, 12, and a brother, Thomas W. Self of Dunnigan, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Senior Resources, Inc. of SC. Please sign the online guestbook at


  • Senior Resources, Inc. of SC.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cornelia Self Torre

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Sharon Morrison

April 18, 2018

I loved my great aunt Nell very much. She was my late father's aunt. I am honored to have had such a wonderful woman to look up to for her great strength. It was wonderful how welcomed I felt when I went to her home as a child. I enjoyed her cooking greatly! My great aunt lived a long life and I am so thankful that her legacy lives on through her beautiful sons and grandchildren.

Sharon Morrison

Joyce Morrison

April 18, 2018

Nell Torre was my late husband's aunt, who was his mother's sister. My husband loved her very much. She was like a second mother to him. Even though we didn't get to visit often in later years, we kept in touch by phone. She was such a comfort to me when I lost my husband.
I can still hear her laugh while we exchanged stories of the past. The Torre family has always been very special to our family. We love Tony and Greg, and will always be here for them.
We are all blessed to have had Nell in our life. We will miss her very much, but it is a comfort to know that she is now walking with the angels.

Cherrie Carse

April 14, 2018

To Tony, Robbie, Lacey, and Meredith,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how much each of you loved and depended on Mrs. Torre for strength and support. Please know that I am thinking of you and that you are in my heart today.
God Bless,
Cherrie Carse

Connie Self (Brown)

April 12, 2018

Aunt Nell, dad and I will miss you (Tom Self) you were and will always be our ray of sunshine, we love you very much, It was the best times of our family's life to come there on vacations and summers those memories will be cherished forever.Til we see you again we will toast with a Brandy for you !

Barbara Palmer

April 12, 2018

To The Torre family, Mrs Cornelia Torre was a beautiful soul inside and out. She never met a stranger, but, would speak her mind and show you who was the boss. I fell in 💘 Love with her at first acquaintance. Mrs Torre was truly a classy 🚺 lady. She will truly be missed!!! So, family always remember her beautiful smile and those precious, moments with her. May God continue to bless all of you. Barbara